Ensemble ONI WYTARS
Ensemble Oni Wytars (Germany)
„Kaiser Friedrich II. – Stupor Mundi – Das Staunen der Welt“
The ensemble Oni Wytars exists since 1983 and since then dedicates to the study of the interrelationships and mutual influences of the art music and popular music of the Mediterranean countries: The focus is on the research of the sounds of the Italian Trecento, the pilgrim songs from Catalan and Spanish manuscripts of the 13th and 14th Century and the melodies and the passionate poetry of the troubadours and trouvères.
The result is a Mediterranean sound cosmos of rhythms, melodies and improvisations in the ensemble’s concerts. This also applies to their program „Stupor Mundi“, which makes the unique courtly culture at the Sicilian royal court of the great Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250) come alive with all senses.
Oni Wytars is a regular guest at major European festivals (including Tage Alter Musik Herne (D), MusikTriennale Köln (D), Voix et route romane (F), Espazos sonoros, Santiago de Compostela (E)) as well as at Canada and Dubai. In the summer of 2007 TV-channel WDR accompanied the ensemble for a month to several concerts and did produce an approximately one-hour TV reportage „Oni Wytars – Musical Wanderers between Orient and Occident“ which has been broadcasted at several European TV channels.
Hildegard von Bingen writes to the Imperial Court
To Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (1152-1190), the grandfather of Frederick II, the prophetess of Bingen did adress incisive words: „See that the Heavenly King does not struck you down, because your eyes do not see, how to hold the scepter in your hands to rule properly.“ Nevertheless, the Staufer has issued a protection privilege to the Hildegard monastery Rupertsberg, which supposed to form the legal fundament of the monastery for centuries.